De Niro, Gere, Affleck feted at early film awards

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 23, 2012 08:01 hrs

Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper and Quentin Tarantino are already winning awards for films that haven't even been released yet.

The actors and writer-director were among the honorees at Monday's 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards, which bills itself as "the official launch of awards season." The event recognizes films that are likely positioned as awards contenders, such as Tarantino's anticipated "Django Unchained."

In accepting his award for screenwriter of the year, Tarantino remarked that it was strange to get an award for a film he's still working on, but added that he could use it as ammunition to defend long dialogue scenes during the editing process.

Among the other honorees at the starry dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel: Ben Affleck, Richard Gere, Amy Adams, Dustin Hoffman and Marion Cotillard.

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